SEATTLE — Mike Glennon and Russell Wilson were nearly inseparable. Whether it was sharing quarterback meeting rooms at North Carolina State or being roommates on the road, everywhere Wilson went, Glennon followed.
Glennon and Wilson will be reunited on the field Sunday when the NFC-leading Seattle Seahawks host the winless Tampa Bay Buccaneers. And Glennon gets the first shot at trying to break down Seattle’s impenetrable home field, where the Seahawks have won 11 straight, one shy of their franchise record.
“He knows how to study, he knows how to learn. He doesn’t make too many mistakes. He’s a guy who has a great arm. He’s very poised in most situations. I have a lot of respect for him. I like the way he plays and it’ll be fun seeing him soon,” Wilson said.
“He’s a lot taller than me. He’s like a giraffe compared to what am I, a zebra? Something shorter.”
The relationship between Wilson and Glennon dates to N.C. State, but has continued past Wilson’s departure from the school, which led to Glennon becoming the starter. Glennon was Wilson’s backup until the spring of 2011. Wilson, who was pursuing a pro baseball career, was granted his release from N.C. State and as a graduate student was able to transfer to Wisconsin and play immediately.
Glennon became the Wolfpack starter, Wilson led the Badgers to the Rose Bowl, and both ended up as starters in the NFL. They’ve remained in contact and Glennon wasn’t surprised by how successful Wilson was in his rookie season. It looked familiar.
“The thing that was crazy to me watching him a lot last year was he made the NFL look like college all over again,” Glennon said.